Freiburg continues to cause quite a stir. Coach Christian Streiche’s side is the only team undefeated this season and has moved at least temporarily to third place. Lenhart brought the visitors to the fore after a cross from a close-range free kick and scored his second goal of the season (27) in his 100th match with Freiburg. The goal was initially wrongly denied for offside, but was given after the VAR intervened. Lucas Hoehler (68) achieved the final score.
While the surprise side Freiburg holds a place in the Champions League, the first division co-star Wolfsburg slips further and further. VFL, who started the season with four league wins and recently had to bow out to Red Bull Salzburg, have lost five of their nine championship games since Xavier Schlager ruptured his cruciate ligament and drew three times. The only victory was against low-ranking leader SpVgg Greuther Fürth.
“I think we can’t blame ourselves for the combative attitude or the situation,” said Wolfsburg goalkeeper and captain Coen Castells. “Right now we are in a downward spiral of not being so lucky as we sometimes have to be.” In the post-match press conference, Van Bommel also spoke about the lack of “a bit of luck” and said: “There are small details who decides.” Freiburg coach Streich nodded in agreement. “Today we had just the right momentum,” said the 56-year-old.
Bayern and Dortmund win in full swing
The top duo did not appear naked on Saturday and expanded their pole positions with wins. Leader Bayern Munich celebrated their 4-0 home win over 1899 Hoffenheim, as Dortmund beat Arminia Bielefeld 3-1 without even their injured striker Erling Haaland.
In Munich, the hosts had no problems with Hoffenheim, and thanks to goals by Serge Gnabry (16), Robert Lewandowski (30), Eric Maxime Choupo-Moting (82) and Kingsley Coman (87), they won without him. Bright. The defending champion was absent from coach Julian Nagelsmann, who has Covid-19, but Marcel Sabitzer was allowed to be present until the 76th minute. Florian Grillitsch and Stefan Posch both played in the TSG, and Christoph Baumgartner was unavailable due to a positive coronavirus test.
Another point behind Bayern is Dortmund after undisputed success in Bielefeld. In the absence of Haaland, Emre Can (31 / penalty kick), Mats Hummels (45th) and Judd Bellingham (72) scored goals for Marco Rose’s team. Manuel Brittel, Alessandro Schopf (both played through) and Patrick Wimmer (from the 64th minute) were unable to prevent the fourth defeat of the season for the still-win-less Bielefeld side. The honor goal for Armenia came from a penalty kick that Wemer scored against Hummels – it was turned around by Fabian Klos (87).
Leipzig turns the match against Fürth
Leipzig compensated for its inability to break the score 0-1 against the leaders of the standings, Fürth, and won 4-1. Surprisingly, the Franks in Leipzig took the lead with a penalty kick from Branimir Hargota (45th place). After the break, the Saxons appeared and went out with goals from Joseph Poulsen (46), Emil Forsberg (53) / penalty kick, Dominic Zuboszlai (65) and Hugo Novoa (88) with three points. Konrad Laimer was absent from the RB right-back due to muscle issues.
In the evening match, Borussia Monchengladbach lost 0-1 at Hertha Berlin. With their fourth win of the season, the Berliners left the crisis behind and spoiled the DFB Cup rehearsal against Bayern Munich to make coach Adi Hutter’s dream come true. In a frantic fighting game, Hertha beat Gladbach for 10th, who had not lost three times recently. Marco Richter (40) scored the decisive goal.
German Bundesliga, round nine
Wolfsburg – Freiburg 0:2 (0:1)
Goals: Lenhart (27) and Holler (68).
Wolfsburg: Berfan is on the bench, Schlager is missing due to injury
Freiburg: Lienhardt played through
Bayern Munich – Hoffenheim 4: 0 (2: 0)
Toure: Gnabry (16.), Lewandowski (30.), Chubu-Moting (65.), Koeman (87.)
Bavaria: Sabitzer to the 76th minute
Hoffenheim: Grealch and Bosch played, Baumgartner was absent due to illness
Bielefeld – Dortmund 1:3 (0:2)
Goals: Kloss (86 / penalty kick) or Kahn (31) and Hummels (45) and Bellingham (73).
Bielefeld: Brittle and Schopf played, passing from the 64th minute
Leipzig – Fürth 4:1 (0:1)
Tori: Poulsen (47.), Forsberg (52. / Elfmeter), Szoboszlai (65.), Novoa (88.) bzw. Harguta (45./Elfmeter)
Leipzig: Laimer was absent due to muscle problems
Hertha BSC – Mönchengladbach 1:0 (1:0)
Target: Judge (40)
Gladbach: Wolff is off the bench, Liner is absent due to injury
Mainz – Augsburg 4:1 (3:0)
Tori: Onisiwo (tenth), Bell (fifteenth), Burchardt (26, 71) bzw. Zekri (69)
Mainz: Onisiwo until the 82nd minute, Stöger from the 76th minute, Nemeth off the bench
Augsburg: Gregorich off the bench
Cologne – Leverkusen 3.30 pm
Stuttgart – Union Berlin 5.30 pm
Bochum – Frankfurt 7.30 pm
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